Recipe: Summer drinks

  • Updated: August 20, 2014 - 2:21 PM

Pisco Punch #3

Serves 1.

Note: Almost any spirit could plug into this punch equation, but pisco — the gooey South American pomace brandy — lends an earthy, slightly funky backbone that’s more moderate than a rhum agricole (though feel free to get funkier). When shaken, the pineapple juice gives it a delicate frothy head. From “Diffordsguide,” by Simon Difford.

• 2½ oz. (5 tbsp.) pisco

• 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) pineapple juice

• ½ oz. (1 tbsp.) lemon juice

• ½ oz. (1 tbsp.) simple syrup

• Club soda

Directions

With ice, shake together the pisco, pineapple juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. Strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice and top with soda.

Harvard Cooler

Serves 1.

Note: OK, we know fall is just around the bend and this brisk sipper is a perfect transitional drink. The Harvard Cooler leverages New Jersey’s native spirit applejack (should be the Princeton Cooler, no?) or French apple brandy Calvados for a perfect cabin cocktail that plays well after a dip in the lake or while rocking shorts and a flannel by a bonfire. Adapted from “Diffordsguide,” by Simon Difford.

2 oz. (1/4 c.) applejack or Calvados

• ¾ oz. (1 1/2 tbsp.) lime juice

• ½ oz. (1 tbsp.) simple syrup

• Club soda

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